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November 30, 2013

Faculty News

Pharmacy Practice faculty appointed to national leadership positions in ACCP

Five Pharmacy Practice faculty members have been elected as leaders of their respective practice and research networks (PRNs) within American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Ambulatory Care
Emily Armstrong

Education and Training
Kristi Kelley

Education and Training
Lori Hornsby

Anne Marie Liles

Pain and Palliative Care
Karen Marlowe

Clark and DeRuiter receive $344,325 grant from U.S. Department of Justice

Randall Clark (Pharmacal Sciences) and Jack DeRuiter (PS) were awarded $344,325 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice to study the development of designer drugs. The 18-month project is titled "Bath Salt-type Aminoketone Designer Drugs: Analytical and Synthetic Studies on Substituted Cathinones." Bath salts is a term used to describe designer drugs which often contain cathinones, which have effects similar to amphetamine and cocaine. The name derives from cases in which the drugs – which have crystals resembling Epsom salts - are sold under the guise of being bath salts. The Harrison School of Pharmacy Medicinal Chemistry group has received more than $1.7 million in funding from the Department of Justice over the past three years.

Published Papers

Vishnu Suppiramaniam (PS), Murali Dhanasekaran (PS) and their team of collaborators published an article, “Long term alterations in synaptic physiology, expression of β2 nicotinic receptors and ERK1/2 signaling in the hippocampus of rats with prenatal nicotine exposure” in the highly accessed journal Neurobiology of Learning & Memory. Additionally, Suppiramaniam, Dhanasekaran and their graduate students had their article, “Selective inhibition of phosphodiesterase 5 enhances glutamatergic synaptic plasticity and memory in mice” published in the specialized journal Synapse.

Randall Clark (PS), Jack DeRuiter (PS) and Karim Abdel-Hay (PS) recently published an article, “Differentiation of Trifluoromethylbenzylpiperazines (TFMBZPs) and Trifluoromethylbenzoylpiperazines (TFMBOPs) by GC-MS” in Forensic Science International.


Panizzi awarded SEC travel grant

Peter Panizzi (PS) was awarded one of the 2013-14 SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants. Panizzi will use the $2,500 grant to travel to Vanderbilt University.

Jungnickel delivers keynote at Harding’s Rho Chi Initiation Ceremony

Paul Jungnickel, professor of Pharmacy Practice and associate dean for academic and student affairs, presented the keynote address at the Rho Chi Initiation Ceremony for the Delta Omicron Chapter at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Jungnickel’s presentation entitled “The Profession Entrusted to You” featured a discussion of professional challenges and opportunities that the profession of pharmacy will face in the years ahead. Rho Chi is the sole honor society for the pharmacy profession. Jungnickel currently serves Rho Chi as its national president-elect and will be installed for a two-year term as president in March.

Marlowe and Pinner present at St. Vincent’s Pharmacy Conference

Karen Marlowe, assistant dean and associate department head (Pharmacy Practice), and Nathan Pinner, assistant clinical professor (Pharmacy Practice), both presented at the Pharmacy Conference at St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham Oct. 5. Marlowe served as keynote speaker, addressing the topic of “Pain Management.” Pinner presented on the topic “Asthma: Review of Current Treatment.”

Student News

Inaugural HSOP Ambassadors selected

The HSOP Ambassador Committee selected 25 students as charter members of the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Ambassador organization. The purpose of the Ambassadors is to promote a positive image of the school through its interactions with prospective students, current student pharmacists, alumni and other constituents. HSOP Ambassadors is an elite group of student pharmacists who work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to advance the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the school.

The 2013-14 Ambassadors are:

Elise Aucoin (P2)

Courtney Baker (P2)

Molly Bedsole (P2)

Hannah Cauley (P4) Katherine Fuller (P2)
Morgan Gwynn (P2) Jessica Hoover (P4) Stephanie Jacobson (P3) Ashley Jones (P4) Cain Eric Kirk (P3)
Brandon Lovett (P3) Erin McCreary (P3) Amanda McKinney (P2) Gavin McNatt (P2) Sara Millberger (P2)
Jenny Myer (P3) Jeremy Osborn (P2) Kaitlin Raley (P4) Rebekah  Rutledge (P3) Ashley Singleton (P2)
Brett Sullivan (P2) Jennifer Thomas (P3) Margaret Trione (P2) Elizabeth Wood (P2) Megan Zeek (P3)


Students inspire Class of 2037 at preschool Career Day

Mobile students Seth Gross (P4) and Ashley Coole (P4), along with Assistant Dean Karen Marlowe, visited Country Day School in Fairhope for a Career Day about what it means to be a pharmacist. Student pharmacists – completing their rotations with Dr. Marlowe - taught the four-year-old preschoolers pharmacist math with counting trays and the difference between medicine and candy. Preschoolers also tried on white coats.

Pharmacy students provide no-cost enrollment assistance to Medicare beneficiaries as part of outreach grant

Student pharmacists are offering no-cost enrollment counseling to Medicare recipients Oct. 15-Nov. 14 as part of an outreach grant awarded by Auburn’s Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. The Medicare Outreach Project is a partnership between the Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Senior Services’ SHIP program, and provides assistance to Medicare beneficiaries in selecting their prescription drug coverage plan, known as Part D. The outreach project will take place at 17 different events in 10 counties across the state of Alabama. Salisa Westrick, (Pharmacy Care Systems) is the PI on the grant. For more information on the Medicare Outreach Project, visit:


HSOP teams up with School of Nursing to support Project Underpants

The Harrison School of Pharmacy has joined efforts with the School of Nursing for their fall fundraiser, Project Underpants. Project Underpants started when a few nursing students went to Lee County Head Start and noticed that when the children had an accident, they didn't have any to change into. The underwear collected will be given directly to Head Start which will distribute them to their various sites. Donations are now being accepted for boys and girls underwear in sizes 3-5 through Nov. 22. Collection bins are available in Auburn and Mobile.

School celebrates American Pharmacists Month

Harrison School of Pharmacy students and faculty celebrated American Pharmacists Month by wearing red in support of the profession. APhA-ASP organized the School-wide photo.

Revels wins Iron Bowl tickets

Kaitlyn Revels (P3) was named the 2013 Ball Drop Ticket Winner; she sold the most ball drop tickets (23) for the 17th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament to win the grand prize – two tickets to this year’s Iron Bowl. More than $650 was raised to support student travel as part of the annual event.

Hill’s manuscript published in AIDS Care

Former Pharmacy Care System master’s student Seth Hill had  his manuscript, “Effects of pill burden on discontinuation of the initial HAART regimen in minority female patients prescribed 1 pill/day versus any other pill burden,” accepted for publication in AIDS Care. It was based on his master thesis. Hill graduated from PCS in December. His mentor was Dr. Jan Kavookjian (PCS). Co-authors include Dr. Jingjing Qian (PCS), Dr. Allison Chung (PP), and Dr. John VanDe Waa (University of South Alabama).

School News

The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s innovative uses of Polycom’s video collaboration technology in the classroom and beyond has been featured in a news release. The story highlights the School’s use of Polycom HD video collaboration and capture solutions for lectures and training, as well as continuing education and patient care. View the story here:

Staff News

Kelli Howell recently joined Pharmacy Health Services as administrative support associate. She is married to David Howell, who also works on the Auburn campus. She has three children, a step-daughter and a grandson.

Alumni News

APAA sponsors school-wide Homecoming tailgate

More than 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the Harrison School of Pharmacy attended the HSOP tailgate sponsored by the Auburn Pharmacist Alumni Association (APAA) before the Homecoming game v. Western Carolina on Oct. 12. The tailgate was also the first event hosted by 25 newly minted members of the student organization, the HSOP Ambassadors.

In Memoriam

J.D. Oliver, a 1955 graduate of Auburn University’s School of Pharmacy, passed away on Oct. 30, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 84. Born in Andalusia, Ala., J.D. was a lifelong resident of Mobile and a graduate of Murphy High School. He was a loving and devoted husband for more than 50 years to his beloved late wife, Marty. They worked together for 30 years as pharmacists and owners of Dauphin Island Parkway Pharmacy. J.D. is survived by his son, John Davis Oliver, and daughter-in-law Gina Maddox Oliver; his daughter, Lauren Oliver Mote; and two adored grandchildren, Madeleine Davis Mote and Davis Lee Oliver. His kind heart and jovial nature will be terribly missed by his family, friends, Dog River neighbors, and Bounce Back buddies.

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